Sunday, February 7, 2016

REVIEW - SLUICE ROOM - REVERSE VISCERA TALISMAN - 3 INCH CD - MINI E.P.

SLUICE ROOM - REVERSE VISCERA TALISMAN - 3 INCH CD - 
MINI E.P.
SINK SLOP PROCESSING/SSMEP-01
EXPERIMENTAL NOISE/HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS
COMES IN A BLACK, HARD PLASTIC VHS CASE WITH 
COVER LABEL. 3 INCH CD IS HOUSED IN SEPARATE MINI JEWEL CASE. 
INCLUDES BUSINESS STYLE INSERT CARD CONTAINING
INFORMATION ABOUT HELIUM GAS. PACKAGED IN A BED 
OF STRAW-LIKE MATERIAL.
LIMITED TO 35 COPIES.


A Sluice Room is where used disposables such as 
incontinence pads and bed pans are dealt with, 
and reusable products are cleaned and disinfected.
So in other words, I'd expected this to be some
sort of clinical Death Industrial release along
the lines of WHITE WALLS, SHP, Etc...This was not 
the case. "Reverse Viscera Talisman" is the first
release from the new label Sink Slop who claim to
release "Prescription-Strength Noise" and after
giving this a spin I can say that is a pretty 
accurate description as this stuff is like a bad
trip or an audio overdose. So far the label has 
three releases out, All from the SLUICE ROOM 
project and I am quite excited to hear more 
from these guys...But for now, Lets get into
just exactly what it is we are dealing with 
here.

I.) OH, I CAN HEAR THE GORE INSIDE ME!:
The Sink Slop Records website describes this E.P. in the
following way: "Your innards resonate with the sounds of 
a banned horror film. Listen with enraptured ear this 
night, that you may know the ignorant sorcery that 
created you. Then invert and banish the disease with 
this talisman of ecstatic noise from Sluice Room."
That's one way to sum it up. Here is my take on it.
I don't know what a reverse viscera talisman is exactly, 
(Some sort of inverted occult charm fashioned from organs?) 
But I am sure the process of creating one may sound something 
like this. Track one opens sounding like a live Black Metal 
gig pressed to vinyl and then slowly spun in reverse. 
Backwards rhythms, A choir of tormented screams, growls 
and rasps, What sounds like manipulated and looped guitars 
and various other static textures and noise elements come 
at you at once. An Industrial grade spin cycle that may or 
may not be a rift, portal or vortex to the depths of Hell.
An utter cacophony of cataclysmic chaos. All is dense, 
Lo-fi and terrifying. Reversed female voices scream in 
absolute terror within a maelstrom of madness and mayhem.
I honestly can't say that I've ever heard a release quite
like this. Even the many Blackened Noise projects we've
covered over the years haven't been quite in line with
what SLUICE ROOM are cooking up in their chaotic cauldron.
It sounds like an endless trash compactor is crushing junk
metal, scraps of wreckage, human bodies (both dead and alive)
and all manner of filth and trash in a mid-paced cyclic rhythm.
There are faint traces of melody buried in the mix that create
a pretty cool backing atmosphere. Things twist, Turn and Transition
taking us further down the rabbit hole and leading us into different 
passages where some layers shine through more than others. Obscured
vocal chants begin to rise towards the end in a mantra that we can't
quite decipher. Either way the spell is cast and you're fucked.

II.) THE CONJURER'S WORK UNDONE:
The next and final track is a bit different. "The Conjurer's Work
Undone" spreads out like multiple sheets of static being laid on
top of one another. Strange mumbles and mutterings are heard as
if secrets are being exchanged but are not audible enough to
comprehend. Lo-fi drones radiate and resonate creating panoramic
stretches of sound that vanish without warning and without a trace.
Electronic signals are sent through phasers in cyclic movements.
The whole piece is strangely captivating and at times becomes
hypnotic. Rising layers of filth spin like Industrial caliber
turbine blades at varying speeds...Sending rushing gusts of
dense wind throughout the piece. They gain speed as a howling
resonance becomes noticed, Adding an eerie and ghostly quality
to the track. Although I've heard similar stuff many times from
many artists...I've never heard it quite like this. SLUICE ROOM
definitely have their own sound and a unique quality to their
work that I can't quite find the words for. Disregarding what
I said before...After getting further into this release I must
say that these guys do have a very clinical sound to them. At
least on this one. Sounding something like a large, Monotonous 
machine working hard to disinfect various types of medical waste 
in a dimly lit boiler room in the far reaches of a run down facility.
The ambiance of a mental institution for your listening pleasure.

AN INTERESTING FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH BOTH THIS PROJECT AND THIS
LABEL. I AM DEFINITELY WANTING TO HEAR MORE:

8/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.sinkslop.com

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